Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. WONDERMENTARY - travel & photography blog

Driving south from Carmel, we reached Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in only 10 minutes. I was so surprised by just how close everything was, considering that California is the third largest state in the U.S.! The state’s vastness can be seen in the diverse landscapes, however. We traveled from big city to small towns and now we were surrounded by mountains & seas.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve California

I came to Cali for sunshine and warm weather, but what we got were chilly winds and fog…

The rocks and tide pools were fun to climb, just as I mentioned before

Lisa caught this moment of me stomping away, haha
I had 5 seconds to run into the frame without tripping/falling. #selfieproblems
On the second try it worked (kind of)! But somehow Lisa disappeared…

The day was cold and foggy, but the fog had a beautiful effect on the landscape where it blurred the line between sky and sea. One line from Ed Sheeran’s song “I See Fire” was stuck in my head the whole time: Oh, misty eye of the mountain below…could you blame me though?

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve California

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve California

One of the most special moments was seeing mother and baby seals lay out on the beach in China Cove:

China Cove Point Lobos State Natural Reserve California

China Cove Seals Point Lobos State Natural Reserve California
Those little brown bits were the seals lying on sand!

I guess we were too excited to see the seals, because we were told to lower our voices so that we don’t spook the mothers away and they abandon their babies. Oops.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve California
The water was so blue <3
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve California
Man, what it must be like to live here…

Up ahead, the landscape changed even more. The beige colored rocks sort of reminded me of these Pamukkale thermal pools (but on a foggy day) or salt deposits.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve California

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve California

This place is any landscape-lover’s dream. I was bordered by ocean to my right and mountains to my left. It was such a treat to see wildlife (the seals) in their natural habitat and these rugged landscapes untouched by man.

Have you ever been to Point Lobos? Are there other interesting sites or trails here that you’d recommend?

Thanks for reading!

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